National Buffalo Wing Festival Announced

16th year of event to be held at Coca-Cola Field on September 2-3

Mike Baggerman
August 23, 2017 - 4:36 pm

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - The National Buffalo Wing Festival announced on Wednesday that it is returning for its 16th consecutive year. This year's event will take place from September 2-3 and will once again be held at Coca-Cola Field in Buffalo.

Wings will be made available from both local restaurants and establishments around the globe. According to a release provided by the festival, the festival will feature more than 30 eateries with over 100 styles of chicken wings as well as other festival foods.

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"Some of the favorites like Bocce's, the Anchor Bar, Buffalo Wild Wings, Scallywags, Curly's," The Wing King and Buffalo Wing Festival Founder Drew Cerza told WBEN. . "We actually have Gabriel's Gate coming in this year for the first time and many others."

There will even be food featured from places like New Mexico, Oregon, and even a restaurant based out of Mexico.

"A lot of times we bring people in from out of town, it's transplants from Buffalo that couldn't get good wings in the city so they decided to open up a place," Cerza said. "There's a lot of those around."

There will also be new events this year.

"The Buffalo Ninja Warrior competition that we had last year with all the professionals was such a big hit that we decided to make it available to all the attendees," Cerza explained. "Regular attendees can come and try the Buffalo Ninja Course with Patrick Call, who was a star on America Ninja Warrior, season five."

Eric Van Houten, a local country music singer will also be performing on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. The country band Ransomville will perform prior to Van Houten's performance.

Other features at Wing Fest will be a VIP Party Deck where visitors get admission, private seating, table service, one complimentary drink, a private cash bar, commemorative 16th year cup and commemorative plate, $5 off a festival t-shirt. There will also be on-field seating with a 400 square-foot tent, misting stations in case of warm weather, and the return of the Chicken Wing 5K Run which will be held at 11 a.m. on September 3. 

A competitive eating competition will be held on September 3 at 5 p.m. Last year, the famous gluttonist Joey Chestnut destroyed 188 wings in 12 minutes to win the competition. 

Wing Fest begins at noon both days and concludes at 9 p.m. on Saturday and 7 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets for the festival are $5, while kids aged 8 and under get in free. 

WING & FOOD VENDORS

Anchor Bar
Bocce Club Pizza
Booty's
Buffalo Wild Wings
Chrusciki Bakery
Curly's Grille
Charlie the Butcher
Chicken Wing Dip Booth
Danny's South
Doc Sullivan's
Falletta's Restaurant
Fire on the Mountain
Forghedaboudit
Gabriel's Gate
Get Fried
Greene's Ale House
Hard Rock Cafe Niagara Falls
Krista's Kitchen
Millie's Cafe
Odis 12 Bar and Grill
Perry's Ice Cream
Pop in Bob's Kettle Corn
Scallywags Grub & Spirits
The Old Union Hotel
The Original Crunch Roll Factory
Windjammer's Bar and Grill
Wings Army

LISTEN: "The Wing King" Drew Cerza previews the Buffalo Wing Fest
 

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